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I know that it’s like 80 degrees out there, and braising beef for hours on end makes more sense in the winter than it does in the summer…but I wanted them, and now they are mine, all mine. Well, I obviously have to share with my better half, but mine is hers anyway, so it looks like we’ll be eating good tonight.
I picked up two packages of short ribs from Forest Pork Store the other day, along with some bacon and a bottle of Hefewisen. The game plan was that I would get home yesterday at around 6:00pm and start searing off the short ribs in bacon fat, giving me enough time to pop them in the oven for a three hour braise. That way I could pull them out of the oven and let them cool before packing them into the fridge until dinner on Tuesday.
We start off by chopping up the bacon and rendering out the fat into a dutch oven.
Once the bacon fat is rendered into the pan, remove the crispy bacon bits and reserve for later use in a salad, or as a snack for the chef while cooking (which is what I did).
Once the bacon bits have been removed, sear the crap out of your short ribs on all sides (don’t forget to season). This is the most important step in making brasised short ribs and if you skimp on the sear, you’ll pay in the end with less than spectacular short ribs.
Once the ribs have been fulled seared, remove them to a plate and add your mirepoix to the pan, sweat it in bacon fat and short rib drippings. Add some salt and pepper and cook until translucent. I then added four crushed garlic cloves. I didn’t want to add these too early because I was afraid it would burn and add a burnt flavor to the short ribs which would be tragic. Also into the pot went some tomato paste which I stirred in until carmelized.
Once the tomato paste was carmelized and the veggies looked good to go, I deglazed the pan using the hefeweizen.
To this I added beef stock, worchester sauce and the short ribs. Once it came up to a simmer, I popped it into a preheated 300 degree oven for three hours.
Now, short ribs are always better the next day, so I packed these guys up for a day in the fridge so that when I get home tonight I can peel off the layer of fat that will have coagulated on the surface, bring the entire product up to a simmer and will be ready to serve with a side of polenta.